Tuesday, May 8, 2018, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, confirmed the election of the Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Findikyan as the new Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church. For this occasion, Fr. Aren Jebejian and Fr. Armash Bagdasarian sent a congratulatory letter to the newly elected Primate.
Watch the Enthronement video below
Menu for Tuesday, May 15
Lasagna with Meat
Baked Chicken & Rice Pilaf
Lunch is served at noon
Your $7 donation includes: salad, entrée with side, dessert, coffee, water
Individually plated meal served on china with linens
Today, Thursday, April 5, the Vatican unveiled a statue of St. Gregory of Narek, in the presence of Pope Francis and His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians.
Catholicos of Cilcia His Holiness Aram I and Armenia's President Serge Sargsyan were also present for the unveiling. Other church dignitaries, including Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, traveled to Rome to take part in the ceremony honoring one of the great historical figures of the Armenian Church.
Armenians have long revered Narek as the author of the collection of mystical poems known as the "Book of Lamentations," among other spiritual treasures. But in 2015, the 10th-century Armenian monk was approved by Pope Francis as a Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church recognizes only 36 doctors of the church, including Augustine of Hippo, John Chrysostom, and Thomas Aquinas. Gregory of Narek is the most recent figure to be placed among this exalted group. His feast day among Catholics is February 27.
Gor Bidandunyan and his brother Sergey live in the industrial town of Kajaran with their mother, Rita and grandmother, Svetlana. In 2014, both boys were accepted into FAR's Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP), which supports orphans and children of single-parents through annual financial stipends. The boys never actually met their father, who died in 2000 after complications from a sniper bullet wound. Rita works in a local kindergarten and barely makes ends meet. CASP has helped to ease the family's hardships. It has helped Rita to pay for surgery on her thyroid, as well as for surgeries on Sergey's tonsils, ultimately improving the entire family's quality of life.
The John M. Azarian Memorial Armenian Scholarship Fund
Now accepting applications for 2018-19 academic year. The purpose of the fund is to award scholarships to students of Armenian descent who are attending college or university in pursuit of an undergraduate degree in the USA and who demonstrate a compelling financial need, academic achievement, and Armenian cultural and church activities. The deadline is June 30.
The Parish Office looking for a part-time Bookkeeper (20-24 hours per week). Qualified candidate will be experienced in all aspects of computer-based double-entry accounting and reporting. Interested candidates should send a resume to email@example.com or come to the Administrator's office during business hours.
Accommodations have been secured at the Hilton Garden Inn, Midtown/Park Ave inNew York City. Our tri-state committee will be hosting this year's gathering in partnership with Central Council. 2018 ACYOA General Assembly and Sports Weekend will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of St. Vartan Cathedral's consecration. As active ACYOA members, we are delighted to take on this challenge and provide a memorable weekend for fellow ACYOA members!
Past weekends have been a success because of the generous donations from friends of the ACYOA. This weekend depends so much on your support.
If you would like to make a contribution, please fill out the attached form. With a donation, you may include a message in honor of a loved one and place an advertisement. Sponsorship opportunities are also available if you would like to help underwrite the cost of a specific event. Sponsor Form
For questions and/or additional information please feel free to contact the committee at GASW2018@gmail.com. Thank you for your time, considerations, and continued support of the ACYOA.
June 2018 Events and Flyers
College Scholarships for 2018
Our Diocese will be granting scholarships to undergraduate, college-age youth for the academic year 2018-2019. These scholarships are earmarked for Armenian American students attending accredited 4-year undergraduate university programs. Preference will be given to those who are active in the life of the Armenian churches of the Eastern Diocese. Altar servers, Sunday or Armenian school teachers, active ACYOA members, choir members, etc. . The scholarship program is open to U.S. Citizens only.
The application and reference forms must be submitted electronically.